Churches: Please Take Quick Survey of Vital Signs Progress

November 21, 2008

The Committee on Congregational Revitalization is asking churches to complete an online survey of where they are in the vitality assessment process. The survey is extremely basic and takes less than one minute to complete. There are only six required questions: respondents must give their name and select their church's name from a dropdown list; the other four required questions are yes/no, and only a single click of the mouse is necessary to answer them.

A resolution adopted at Annual Conference Session in June mandated that churches complete an assessment of their vitality, “no later than December 15, 2008 using the assessment tools provided in Vital Signs: A Pathway to Congregational Wholeness, by Dan R. Dick (Discipleship Resources, 2007).”
The online assessment tools were to be available October 1, but a serious accident involving a key player on the original survey development team delayed the launch. The General Board of Discipleship has assumed responsibility for the project, and confidently projects January 1, 2009 as the date the materials will be available.
Because churches were not able to gain access to those tools on time, they now will be allowed until March 1, 2009 to complete their work.
In the meantime, however, the Committee on Congregational Revitalization would like to be updated as to the progress churches are making. Taking the preliminary survey that is now on line will enable the committee to offer assistance to churches requesting it, in addition to helping give the committee an overall perspective.
To access the survey, link here or visit the Assessment Tools page on the Conference website at (A link to the Assessments Tools page has been located under “Quick Links” on the left side of the Home Page, and under “Resources” on the green navigation bar.)
The Assessment Tools page is your source for all information related to the assessments of congregational and clergy vitality required by the action at Annual Conference Session.
In addition to Vital Signs Assessment information, the page contains a link to the Lewis Pastoral Leadership Inventory (LPLI). The Council on Clergy Development requested that every pastor under appointment to a congregation in the Conference take the LPLI during the month of October. Clergy who have not done so are asked to take the LPLI immediately.